Kid Friendly Nagoya
(Or; How to Keep The Parents Sane & Happy)
Traveling with kids always comes with risks. They can only take in so many temples and gardens and shrines before they are overcome with what could be described as “history and culture overload”. To prevent meltdowns on their behalf and yours, here are a few ideas when visiting Nagoya City and surrounding areas,… (ideas that can also be dangled like carrots and used to keep the kids in line at certain times!)
LEGOLAND® JAPAN RESORT
That’s all that really needs to be said. Just,….Legoland!
Directly outside of Legoland Japan is the easy add-on SEALIFE Nagoya, a small but enjoyable aquarium. Entry to SEALIFE Nagoya is included with most tickets to Legoland Japan. Bet you London to a Lego brick, you’ll have as much fun as the kids!
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
One of Japan’s biggest and best loved aquariums is located on the picturesque Port of Nagoya. Nagoya Public Aquarium is divided into two main sections, the North and South Buildings. The North Building is home to the rare Orca killer whales. See these majestic creatures through the glass tank walls or topside from the special stands. The main tank, one of the largest in Japan, allows the playful dolphins to entertain visitors with regular shows, while performing Beluga whales have their own special area. The south Building houses the amusing penguins, sea turtles, sharks, deep sea and tropical tanks, even an Australian freshwater ecosystem have been recreated to allow visitors a close and personal encounter with all manner of marine life.
Nagoya City Science Museum
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nagoya is home to the world’s biggest planetarium, the 35m diameter Brother Earth, part of the fascinating and enjoyable Nagoya City Science Museum, a learning facility and tourist attraction rolled into one. Looking like the Death Star from Star Wars from the outside, the Nagoya City Science Museum allows you to watch, touch, think, discover, learn and understand science and technology through a series of displays, shows and experiments.
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The zoo also contains an amusement park, and the adjoining botanical gardens features a historic greenhouse, Japanese garden, insect hall and the iconic 100m high Higashiyama Skytower with its upper floor restaurant and magnificent views.
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
The museum allows you (and the children) to see, touch and enter the trains and experience up close the ever-changing technology and design of Japan’s railway heritage. See Japan’s largest dioramas, try the Bullet Train and conventional train driving simulators. Other exhibits include a Railway History Room, Rare Train Zone, Railway System Learning Zone, the Superconducting Maglev Room and even a colorful train station themed Kid’s Playroom. Railway memorabilia and souvenirs are available in the Museum Shop, and boxed lunches, sandwiches and drinks are available from the Delica Station. Rail enthusiast or not, this dynamic railway museum is well designed and guaranteed to satisfy.
～ Big and Small Kid Friendly Nagoya ～